Audrey Jean-Baptiste & Maxime Jean-Baptiste
FRENCH GUIANA/FRANCE, 2021, DIGITAL, 15 MIN
FRENCH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
Based on audiovisual archives from the National Center for Space Studies (CNES), Listen to the Beat of Our Images explores the construction of the Guiana Space Center in Kourou from the perspective of a young Guianese woman, who watches as the land around her is transformed.
Maxime Jean-Baptiste is a filmmaker based between Brussels and Paris. He was born and raised in the context of the Guyanese and Antillean diaspora in France, to a French mother and a Guyanese father. His interest as an artist is to dig inside the complexity of Western colonial history by detecting the survival of traumas from the past in the present. His audiovisual and performance work is focused on archives and forms of reenactment as a perspective to conceive a vivid and embodied memory.
Audrey Jean-Baptiste is a documentary and narrative filmaker. She works between France and French Guiana. Her films address issues of race, gender, and sexuality. Her first documentary film, Fabulous (2019), was selected at about 50 international festivals such as IDFA. A national release was scheduled for December 9, 2020. Her second movie, Listen to the Beat of Our Images, codirected with her brother Maxime Jean-Baptiste, was selected at CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, and at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Her third film, Goodbye childhood (2021), produced by Grand Huit Films, is currently in post-production.